May begins with a cold, but ends with a trip

So I had my last night of baby-sitting and my last English lesson in Annecy this past week, and two days later, I was suddenly sick with a stupid cold. And then I was outside for 10 hours – in the sun, then wind, then cold – at a barbecue on Saturday, which I’m sure really helped my immune system. Needless to say I’ve done nothing for the past 2 days, even though I had planned on finally answering e-mails and working on my site. But tomorrow starts the apartment search in Chambéry at 9:30 AM! We’re looking at a 2 bedroom apartment in the north of Chambéry that is surrounded by a forest. It’s a bit far from the university (I’ll have to drive or take two buses) but it’s worth it to have some espaces verts!

I’m exhausted, but haven’t been able to sleep much. Instead, I’ve been trying to finalize the itinerary for my trip to the south in a few weeks. There are so many villages and towns I want to see. We’re starting in Milan and taking the train to Nice, then picking up the rental car, and staying in Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier. On the list are: Monaco, Cannes, Les Baux de Provence, Nîmes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Béziers, Carcassonne, Perpignan, and possibly Toulouse. I’m sure there are other little towns that we’ll come across along the way too. Maybe we’ll head up to my beloved Vaucluse or even down to the Spanish border. Any recommendations of other places to see along the Côte-d’Azur or in Languedoc-Roussillon? Menton, Toulon, Sète, Cerbère?

And on a somewhat related topic, know anyone in Chambéry who wants to cat-sit for me?

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  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net/ parlezvouskiwi

    Wow, you have a lot on your plate right now. Hope you have some moments of relaxation in between!

    If I was on the other side of the globe right now, I would happily take that beautiful ball of fluff off you for awhile. She/He is GORGEOUS. Hope you find a good catsitter!

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..conquérir la langue and thai green curry

  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net parlezvouskiwi

    Wow, you have a lot on your plate right now. Hope you have some moments of relaxation in between!

    If I was on the other side of the globe right now, I would happily take that beautiful ball of fluff off you for awhile. She/He is GORGEOUS. Hope you find a good catsitter!

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..conquérir la langue and thai green curry

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    Sorry to hear you are sick again!

    You are going to have so much fun on your trip. I still want/need to see Aix-en-Provence but I hear it is beautiful. That is going to be an amazing trip, so take lots of pictures to share with us afterwards.

    Justins last blog post..Today I went to Nice…

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com Justin

    Sorry to hear you are sick again!

    You are going to have so much fun on your trip. I still want/need to see Aix-en-Provence but I hear it is beautiful. That is going to be an amazing trip, so take lots of pictures to share with us afterwards.

    Justins last blog post..Today I went to Nice…

  • astrid

    Hi!! Menton is supposed to be beautiful and I’ve always wanted to pass by there. But speaking of places I know: Toulon is not really worth seeing, however the next town is. Sanary sur Mer is a beautiful seaside town and port with nice shops and restaurants, and only 15 minutes from Toulon.

    If you pass by here we should meet up for a coffee or something :)

  • astrid

    Hi!! Menton is supposed to be beautiful and I’ve always wanted to pass by there. But speaking of places I know: Toulon is not really worth seeing, however the next town is. Sanary sur Mer is a beautiful seaside town and port with nice shops and restaurants, and only 15 minutes from Toulon.

    If you pass by here we should meet up for a coffee or something :)

  • Anna

    You should go to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert (Lanquedoc-Roussillon). It’s beautiful and you can hike around because (if I remember correctly) it’s situated along one of the pilgrimage routes to Northern Spain. You can also go see les gorges de l’Hérault and le Pont du Diable.

    You should also go to Les cascades de Sautadet if you swing by the Gard and have never been.

    I agree with Astrid that Toulon is not worth seeing, and Béziers is barely worth stopping (maybe to see the castle). Carcassonne is much nicer. Just my two cents! Have a lovely trip!

  • Anna

    You should go to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert (Lanquedoc-Roussillon). It’s beautiful and you can hike around because (if I remember correctly) it’s situated along one of the pilgrimage routes to Northern Spain. You can also go see les gorges de l’Hérault and le Pont du Diable.

    You should also go to Les cascades de Sautadet if you swing by the Gard and have never been.

    I agree with Astrid that Toulon is not worth seeing, and Béziers is barely worth stopping (maybe to see the castle). Carcassonne is much nicer. Just my two cents! Have a lovely trip!

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    I suggest if you’re going to Provence to check out Cassis/La Ciotat on the coast, and sample some wines bien sur!

    Also, keep going along the coast and make your way to Nice/Antibes! Especially this time of the year, it’s getting soooo nice :) I’m jealous

    Moniques last blog post..Can I move yet?

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com Monique

    I suggest if you’re going to Provence to check out Cassis/La Ciotat on the coast, and sample some wines bien sur!

    Also, keep going along the coast and make your way to Nice/Antibes! Especially this time of the year, it’s getting soooo nice :) I’m jealous

    Moniques last blog post..Can I move yet?

  • rafaela

    salut, je suis tombée sur ton site par hasard (jvais partir en UK pour être fla mais jsuis tombée sur le forum des flas en france !)

    Il y a aussi les callanques à voir, c’est sympa (mais partir en voiture pour trouver un coin un peu tranquille)
    Sinon Aix jte conseillerai d’aller à la ste victoire côté barrage,le tholonet pour y manger (genre pr cezanne) et aix est une jolie ville aussi.Si tu veux des conseils pour la recherche d’un hotel ou autres tu peux me demander puisque ca fait 24ans que j’y vis lol

  • rafaela

    salut, je suis tombée sur ton site par hasard (jvais partir en UK pour être fla mais jsuis tombée sur le forum des flas en france !)

    Il y a aussi les callanques à voir, c’est sympa (mais partir en voiture pour trouver un coin un peu tranquille)
    Sinon Aix jte conseillerai d’aller à la ste victoire côté barrage,le tholonet pour y manger (genre pr cezanne) et aix est une jolie ville aussi.Si tu veux des conseils pour la recherche d’un hotel ou autres tu peux me demander puisque ca fait 24ans que j’y vis lol

  • rafaela

    I agree with Astrid that Toulon is not worth seeing, and Béziers is barely worth stopping (maybe to see the castle). Carcassonne is much nicer. Just my two cents

    J’agree totalement. Toulon c’est un peu moisi, béziers c’est un peu naze aussi.
    Carcassonne c’est sympa! près de toulon y a aussi la playa bandol pour être avec les marseillais “””chics””” (en très gros guillemets) sans être à marseille !!

  • rafaela

    I agree with Astrid that Toulon is not worth seeing, and Béziers is barely worth stopping (maybe to see the castle). Carcassonne is much nicer. Just my two cents

    J’agree totalement. Toulon c’est un peu moisi, béziers c’est un peu naze aussi.
    Carcassonne c’est sympa! près de toulon y a aussi la playa bandol pour être avec les marseillais “””chics””” (en très gros guillemets) sans être à marseille !!

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com/ Cathy

    get well soon! out of curiosity, have any of your students/co-workers found your blog/facebook/etc and read it? I’m wondering how my blog might affect my life in France when I am an assistant, although I never post anything dramatic/angry/etc.

    and ps, very cute cat!

    Cathys last blog post..a macaron only the maker could love

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com Cathy

    get well soon! out of curiosity, have any of your students/co-workers found your blog/facebook/etc and read it? I’m wondering how my blog might affect my life in France when I am an assistant, although I never post anything dramatic/angry/etc.

    and ps, very cute cat!

    Cathys last blog post..a macaron only the maker could love

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @parlezvouskiwi: He is a pretty cat, isn’t he? He’s also extremely furry and whiny and a big baby, but I still love him. :)

    @Justin: I can’t wait to be in the south again. I will have hundreds of photos to upload when I get back. I hope this stupid cold/flu/whatever disease is attacking me is gone soon though!

    @Cathy: My co-workers know about my website because I put it on my CV. And that was actually the reason I got hired – they were looking for someone with computer/technology skills. As long as you don’t mention the schools, teachers or students by name or post pictures of them, you should be fine.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I’ll probably cross off Toulon and Beziers then, and I was planning on seeing the Pont du Gard as well. I’m going to save all of the towns in my GPS right now.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @parlezvouskiwi: He is a pretty cat, isn’t he? He’s also extremely furry and whiny and a big baby, but I still love him. :)

    @Justin: I can’t wait to be in the south again. I will have hundreds of photos to upload when I get back. I hope this stupid cold/flu/whatever disease is attacking me is gone soon though!

    @Cathy: My co-workers know about my website because I put it on my CV. And that was actually the reason I got hired – they were looking for someone with computer/technology skills. As long as you don’t mention the schools, teachers or students by name or post pictures of them, you should be fine.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I’ll probably cross off Toulon and Beziers then, and I was planning on seeing the Pont du Gard as well. I’m going to save all of the towns in my GPS right now.

  • http://nouvellevieenfrance.blogspot.com/ Katie

    I lived in the Languedoc-Roussillon last summer and I did a bit of traveling around the region. I lived in Banyuls sur Mer which was a cute little village but there are not any museums to see or anything. Carcassonne (though I never went) is apparently really worth seeing. Canet plage is also really nice for shopping and its right on the beach! Good luck with your apartment hunting.

    Katies last blog post..My weekend in Paris

  • http://nouvellevieenfrance.blogspot.com/ Katie

    I lived in the Languedoc-Roussillon last summer and I did a bit of traveling around the region. I lived in Banyuls sur Mer which was a cute little village but there are not any museums to see or anything. Carcassonne (though I never went) is apparently really worth seeing. Canet plage is also really nice for shopping and its right on the beach! Good luck with your apartment hunting.

    Katies last blog post..My weekend in Paris

  • http://www.webtaz.blogspot.com/ Taz

    Wow! Ton chat fait compétition avec la mienne! Tu sais Hyères les Palmiers c’est très joli aussi! Tu te souviens de l’offre que je t’ai proposée? ;)

    Tazs last blog post..Journée de formation civique à saveur orientale

  • http://www.webtaz.blogspot.com Taz

    Wow! Ton chat fait compétition avec la mienne! Tu sais Hyères les Palmiers c’est très joli aussi! Tu te souviens de l’offre que je t’ai proposée? ;)

    Tazs last blog post..Journée de formation civique à saveur orientale

  • http://boeingbleudemer.blogspot.com/ Cynthia

    There’s Nîmes for it’s Roman aqueduct and square house, Aigues-Mortes and Collioure In between Perpignan and Toulouse.

    Anyways it seems like you’ll have a great trip :)

    Cynthias last blog post..Comment lire 42 blogs sans se fatiguer ?

  • http://boeingbleudemer.blogspot.com/ Cynthia

    There’s Nîmes for it’s Roman aqueduct and square house, Aigues-Mortes and Collioure In between Perpignan and Toulouse.

    Anyways it seems like you’ll have a great trip :)

    Cynthias last blog post..Comment lire 42 blogs sans se fatiguer ?

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    “En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil
    En Mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît”

    Stupid saying but I used to get colds in April/ early May all the time. Weather changes too much…

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    “En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil
    En Mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît”

    Stupid saying but I used to get colds in April/ early May all the time. Weather changes too much…

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    I think Eze is worth a visit while in the Nice area. It has lots of tourists but is really lovely. Pay the 5 euros to get into the garden at the top-best view in the world. If you are in the Aix area, Lourmarin is a great village-about 30 minutes away. The maket on Friday morning is really great. Aix has great markets too.

    Lindas last blog post..My Obsession

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    I think Eze is worth a visit while in the Nice area. It has lots of tourists but is really lovely. Pay the 5 euros to get into the garden at the top-best view in the world. If you are in the Aix area, Lourmarin is a great village-about 30 minutes away. The maket on Friday morning is really great. Aix has great markets too.

    Lindas last blog post..My Obsession

  • Christopher

    Les Baux-de-Provence is absolutely awesome and Arles is wonderful as well. Both are well worth a detour!

  • Christopher

    Les Baux-de-Provence is absolutely awesome and Arles is wonderful as well. Both are well worth a detour!

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